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You Haven’t Lived in Sarasota until You’ve Crossed this Bridge

There are probably a dozen experiences one must undergo in Sarasota before you can truly consider yourself a local. Some of the items on my all-important list include: – Attend a show at one of our award-winning community theatres. – Go to the Sarasota Farmers Market (but know in advance what you are purchasing). – Avoid the beach because, well, everyone else is there. Still, there is one spectacular (and free) rite of passage that rests at the very top of my SRQ initiations: – Go for a walk across the Ringling Causeway Bridge! RinglingBridge_14 (more…)


Labor of Love: Top Ways To Spend Labor Day In Sarasota And Beyond

Historic Venice hosts a craft festival this Labor Day weekend

Historic Venice hosts a craft festival this Labor Day weekend

First celebrated in the late 1800’s, Labor Day was created to honor the social and economic achievements of American workers. The very first Labor Day took place in New York City on September 5, 1882, and was marked with union speeches and a workers’ march from City Hall to 42nd Street. Flash forward just over a century to our modern day, and Labor Day is more celebratory in nature. It’s a time to enjoy the long weekend and mark the winding down of summer, complete with fun family outings, picnics and parades. Ancient Greek playwright Sophocles once said, “Without labor, nothing prospers”, so celebrate your achievements and savor your hard earned break with one of the great Sarasota area happenings: (more…)

Longboat Key – North, South, & Everything In-Between

LongboatKeyClubLike white sands, stunning sunsets, and a luxury lifestyle, Longboat Key is an essential element of Sarasota and Manatee County’s makeup. The island, which stretches nearly 11 miles between the Gulf of Mexico and Sarasota Bay, is the setting for lavish condos and waterfront estates. A balance of peaceful natural beauty and thoughtfully planned developments make it a recreational splendor for many of its residents.

Michael Saunders & Company has two offices on the island – Longboat Key South and Mid-Longboat Key to offer specialized expertise from one end to the other.

Realtor Hannerle Moore has been a fixture on the island since 1957. “It’s really a mostly upper end, active lifestyle,” she explained. “People love that it’s just a hop, skip, and a jump to St. Armands Circle and Downtown Sarasota for the arts and restaurants. They can stay on the Key for outdoor activities and then go into town for dinner and shopping.” (more…)

Sarasota Real Estate – St. Armands Towers

Nestled between the beautiful two-mile sandy beach of Lido Key and the elegant shopping and dining venues of St Armands Circle sit the landmark buildings of St. Armands Towers North and St. Armands Towers South.

Although both buildings boast similar names, the same palm façade and floor plans, the associations are run separately, providing something for everyone. St. Armands Towers South is pet friendly and a new owner must wait two years to rent after purchasing. Units in St. Armands Towers North have washer and dryer hookups and can be rented immediately.  (more…)

The Neighborhood Report – St Armands Circle and Lido Key

Located just off the mainland and downtown Sarasota, St. Armands Circle and Lido Key make a unique community of single-family homes and condominiums amid a string of world-class shopping venues.

Just over the magnificent Ringling Bridge and you enter the historic and beautiful St. Armands Circle, where 130 stores on the circle pamper customers from all areas of the United States and many foreign countries. These stores range from fine shops to restaurants, as continental flavor and charm grace this synthesis of past and present. Adding to the casually elegant atmosphere, lush tropical plantings surround visitors and future home owners. (more…)


Michael Saunders & Company is pleased to welcome Danny Marr to the St. Armands Circle office.

Danny began his real estate career in 1977 after graduation from Indiana University with a BS in public affairs/urban studies, and where he was a four-year varsity football letterman under head coach Lee Corso. Danny’s first position after college was with the F.C. Tucker Company in Indianapolis, Indiana, where he quickly became one of the company’s top multi-million dollar producers in residential sales.

In 1984, Danny joined Phillip R. Duke & Associates—now Duke Realty Corporation—where he directed downtown Indianapolis office leasing, and was named “Salesman of the Year” for the company in 1986. In 1990, Danny formed his own company, Olympia Partners, Ltd., which grew to become the third largest commercial brokerage firm in Indianapolis. During this time, along with recruiting new partners and associates for the company, Danny represented multiple clients in office leasing and investment real estate sales. In addition, Danny co-founded a separate real estate development company, which eventually produced 49 projects from the ground up in seven states, with aggregate development value of over $200 million. Danny was named to Indianapolis Business Journal’s “Forty under 40” list in 1994 and “Who’s Who in Commercial Real Estate” in 1996. In 2001, Danny co-founded Veritas Realty, LLC, a retail shopping center leasing and property management firm, which grew its management portfolio to over 40 properties and 3.5 million square feet.

In 2011, Danny made the decision to return to the early roots of his real estate career: residential sales. He specializes in waterfront and other luxury property sales on Longboat, Lido, St. Armands, Bird, Siesta and Casey keys.

Michael Saunders & Company is pleased to welcome Brandon Surline to the St. Armands office.

A Florida native, Brandon was born and raised in Sarasota and currently lives on Siesta Key. This hometown experience gives him incomparable, intimate knowledge of the communities that grace our area, making Brandon a natural specialist in neighborhoods located throughout Sarasota County—inland, coastal, barrier islands and along our many waterways.

A former business management major from the University of South Florida, Brandon’s brings specialized training in telecommunications, networking, telephony and mobile computing. This tech savvy background translates perfectly to his role as a real estate professional, keeping his clients current with the latest market trends and feedback.

Michael Saunders & Company is pleased to welcome Louise Hamel to the St. Armands office.

Originally from Boston, MA, Louise relocated to Sarasota County in 1981, where she graduated with honors from Ringling College of Art and Design. With an extensive background as an artist, graphic designer and marketer, Louise provides her clients with a high level of marketing savvy backed by her exceptional customer care skills. A specialist in properties located in downtown Sarasota and on the barrier islands, Louise has garnered recognition for her sales production and service, including five years of recognition as a Five-Star Customer Service agent and both the President’s Circle and Leading Edge Society from Prudential Palms. To further her real estate education, Louise has earned the Graduate of the Realtor Institute (GRI), ICREA’s Transnational Referral Certification (TRC), E-certification and Fine Homes designation.


Michael Saunders & Company is pleased to welcome Cliff Hornsby to the St. Armands Circle office.

Originally from Atlanta, Georgia, Cliff relocated to Longboat Key in 2007, where he has earned recognition as a specialist in properties located on the southern end of the key, including Country Club Shores and Tangerine Bay. With an extensive background encompassing banking, real estate development, finance, marketing, sales and home building, Cliff brings a wealth of experience to help fulfill the unique needs of his clients. A graduate of Georgia State University, Cliff has also received E-Pro certification to further enhance his profession

Michael Saunders & Company is pleased to welcome Valarie Wadsworth to the St. Armands Circle office.

A real estate specialist serving downtown Sarasota, St. Armands Circle and the barrier keys since 2000, Valarie joins Michael Saunders & Company from Coldwell Banker, where she was ranked among the top 3.3 percent of all Coldwell Banker real estate sales professional nationwide.

Valarie takes pride in providing experienced and timely communication to her clients through all manners of technology, including a monthly informative and enjoyable E-newsletter. She is tenacious in seeking out pertinent information, thus helping her clientele make informed decisions concerning their real estate needs. Testimonial to Valarie’s superb customer service is the fact that 90 percent of her business comes from repeat customers and their referrals.

Valarie is very active in the Young Professionals Group, The Junior League of Sarasota and many other non-profit fundraising activities.

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